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Thoroughbred Makeover Increases Demand for Off-Track Thoroughbreds

Icabad Crane, a nine-year-old gelding who ran third in the 2008 Preakness Stakes, returned to Pimlico Race Course on Sunday, October 5 to win the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred contest sponsored by EQUUS Foundation, taking home the winner’s share of the $10,000 purse. The contest, organized as part of the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, paired ten top trainers with ten Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and showed their progress throughout the summer on the RRP’s website. Each team represented an equestrian discipline: Polo, Show Hunter, Eventing, Ranch Work, Steeplechase, Fox Hunter, Show Jumper, Barrel Racing, Dressage and Pony Club. With 10,480 people voting online in a very tight race, Team Icabad pulled out all the stops to win. A series of video endorsements from his former jockeys, past trainer and current owner Graham Motion, current trainer and rider Olympian Phillip Dutton, and Phillip’s thirteen-year-old daughter Olivia contributed to his popularity, but the on-track performance sealed the win. Jumping a five stride line of jumps in four, five, six, seven, and eight strides proved just how responsive this great horse has become, but when Olivia got on and showed the horse’s generosity and kindness with some beautiful work on the flat, Icabad truly […]
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Managing Veterinary Costs to Avoid Economic Euthanasia

Managing Veterinary Costs:  Avoiding Economic Euthanasia Guest post by Suzanne Cannon 8/1/2014 According to a recent article published by USA Today (June 2014), the number of pets euthanized for economic reasons is on the rise.  As the cost of veterinary treatment has increased — in great part due to significant advances in veterinary medicine — the ability of pet owners to pay for veterinary care has declined. NOTE from Joni: The economy has also had a part in increasing veterinary costs and causing people’s paychecks not to stretch as far. This article talks mostly about small pets – dogs and cats, but horse owners too have found the cost of veterinary care has increased. There are many horse owners that can no longer afford basic vet care for their equine friend. There are many places online where you can find horse’s offered for free and the equine rescues are all full. Pet Owners Often Fear Cost of Treatment Anecdotal evidence gathered by USA Today includes quotes from both veterinarians and animal shelter workers who say that the incidence of “economic euthanasia” has increased dramatically in recent years.  At one veterinary clinic in Fredericksburg, VA, the practice owner noted that two-thirds […]
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Round Hay Bale Feeders the Advantages and Disadvantages

Round bale hay feeders are a popular choice for many horse owners looking to improve ways of feeding their horses. Many farmers and horse owners have to deal with the rising costs of hay, which isn’t helped by the fact that a lot of it is wasted as a result of damage, moisture absorption, and spoilage caused by animals, soil, and other factors. Round bale feeders have the advantage of combating many of these issues, however there are also some disadvantages to using round bale feeders. Let’s look at both sides to help you work out whether or not a round hay bale feeder is the best choice for you. Advantages Round bale feeders that are designed for horses are designed in a way which ensures safety for horses to feed. There are no sharp edges, no corners or anywhere where metal may stick out and cause injuries. Horses are also far less likely to get hooves stuck because of the fact that they’re elevated slightly off the ground. For fields with more than one horse, a round bale feeder can eliminate fighting between horses over food by providing plenty of space for the horses to get around, but also […]
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My free horse cookies arrived and they are good

Carolyn Kooken, founder of Winnie’s Cookies mailed me some of her healthy horse cookies to try out. They are cute — looking like little short cupcakes covered with seeds and cracked grains — they look healthy and high in fiber. They have the sweet smell of molasses and they are firm, dry, and rough in texture. I took one cookie and broke it into three pieces. I put one piece in my month (don’t worry they are all organic and made with human grade ingredients) and give one to little dog, BooBoo, and then the other piece to my other dog, Gigit. Both dogs quickly finish theirs and were looking at me for more. I was still chewing the hearty texture and enjoying the lightly sweet flavor. Next I put a small piece of Winnie’s Cookies in my parakeet’s food bowl. My two parakeets went and checked out the cookie piece and had a little fuss over who would get it. The female ended up chewing it into tiny pieces and eating some of the seeds and grains. Then the male parakeet got some of the left over crumbs. Both of my ponies loved Winnie’s Cookies! These cookies cut info […]
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Healthy Horse Cookies from Winnies Cookies

Carolyn Kooken, founder of Winnies Cookies contacted me about sending me a sample of her horse cookies and if I would post her free sample cookie offer on my site. So I replied back with a list of questions that Carolyn quickly answered. I have posted my questions and her answers below because I sure that some of you might also have wondered about these equine cookies. How did this horse cookie business get started? My father and I started the Winnies Cookies business in March of 1999.  I have been a life long equestrian, starting riding when I was six, and an animal lover. I have two 14 month old Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and had worked at a large government/private facility for 10 years and wanted a change. Dad and I had previously started a business of breeding, raising and training Warmblood show jumpers.  It seemed like a logical fit to have a business in the horse industry.  We worked together for the next seven years in all aspects of the business until he was diagnosed with brain cancer in August of 1996 and passed away in May 2007.  I have continued to work hard to maintain Winnies Cookies […]
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